C233 Centenary of Rotary

Issue Date: February 23, 2005

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On February 23, 2005, the Marshall Islands Postal Service issued a new postage stamp commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Rotary International and its efforts to eradicate polio.

Known throughout the world for its dedication to service and international goodwill, the Rotary was founded in 1905 by Paul P. Harris, an attorney from Chicago, who envisioned a new kind of club for professionals that would foster fellowship among club members. As Rotary grew, its mission expanded beyond serving the professional and social interests of club members to serving the community.

In 1985, Rotary made an historic commitment to immunize all the world's children against polio, and set 2005 as the target date for certification of polio eradication, which is also Rotary's centennial year. Working in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rotary is the largest private-sector contributor in the global polio eradication campaign.

Although there are no Rotary clubs in the Marshall Islands, Rotary clubs in Hawaii work in cooperation with other organizations in the Marshall Islands to meet community needs. On October 29, 2000, the WHO Western Pacific Region, which includes the Marshall Islands, was certified polio-free.

Featuring artwork by acclaimed artist Saul Mandel, this colorful stamp shows a delightful image of children, and the words "Centenary of Rotary International" and "Victory Over Polio."


  • Issue: Centenary of Rotary
  • Face Value: 1 x $0.37
  • Issue Date: February 23, 2005
  • Issue Place: Majuro
  • Designer: Saul Mandel
  • Project Manager: Caryn Erickson, Stamp Development
  • Printing Process: Cyan, black, magenta, yellow by offset lithography on unwatermarked gummed paper
  • Printer: Unicover Corporation, Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.A.
  • Stamp Format: Horizontal
  • Stamps per Sheet: 20
  • Number of Designs per Sheet: 1
  • Overall Sheet Size: 184mm x 179mm
  • Size of Stamps: 40mm x 31mm
  • Issue Number: C233.
    (1-1) Victory Over Polio
  • Withdrawal Date: While supplies last.
  • Stamp designs ©2005 Marshall Islands Postal Service. All rights reserved.

    Stamps in this Issue

    Currency Face Value Stamp Description
    US$ .37 Victory Over Polio

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